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Ludwig von Mises: "Despots and democratic majorities are drunk with power. They must reluctantly admit that they are subject to the laws of nature. But they reject the very notion of economic law . . . economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics." - Austrian Economics: An Anthology


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Ludwig von MisesThis is the difference between slavery and freedom. The slave must do what his superior orders him to do, but the free citizenand this is what freedom meansis in a position to choose his own way of life.Economic Policy p. 23Slavery
Ludwig von MisesServile labor disappeared because it could not stand the competition of free labor; its unprofitability sealed its doom in the market economy.Human Action p. 625; p. 630Slavery
Ludwig von MisesAt no time and at no place was it possible for enterprises employing servile labor to compete on the market with enterprises employing free labor. Servile labor could always be utilized only where it did not have to meet the competition of free labor.Human Action p. 626; p. 630Slavery
Ludwig von MisesWhen treated as a chattel, man renders a smaller yield per unit of cost expended for current sustenance and guarding than domestic animals.Human Action p. 626; pp. 630-31Slavery
Ludwig von MisesSlavery did not prepare the way for division of labor. On the contrary it blocked the way. Indeed modern industrial society, with its highly developed division of labor, could not begin to grow until slavery had been abolished.Socialism p. 297Slavery
Ludwig von MisesPrivate ownership in the means of production is the only necessary condition for the extensive development of the division of labor. The enslavement of the worker was not necessary to create it.Socialism p. 297Slavery
Ludwig von MisesEveryone who preaches the right of the stronger considers himself as the stronger. He who espouses the institution of slavery never stops to reflect that he himself could be a slave.Liberalism p. 64Slavery